90s advert for Baileys Irish Cream
Baileys Irish Cream (the registered trademark omits the apostrophe) is an Irish whiskey and cream based liqueur, made by Gilbeys of Ireland. The trademark is currently owned by Diageo. It has a declared alcohol content of 17% alcohol by volume.
Introduced in 1974, Baileys was the first Irish Cream liqueur on the market. It can be compared to other cream liqueurs such as Amarula, Carolans and Sangster’s.
Baileys was the first 44% liqueur to use cream and alcohol together in a manner sufficiently stable to allow commercial distribution. The alcohol in Bailey’s is produced from a bacterial fermentation of whey. The cream and alcohol, together with some whiskey are homogenized to form an emulsion, with the aid of an emulsifier containing refined vegetable oil. This process prevents separation of the whiskey and cream during storage. The quantity of other ingredients is not known but they include chocolate, vanilla, caramel and sugar.
According to the manufacturer no preservatives are required as the alcohol content preserves the cream.
The cream used in the drink comes from Glanbia plc, a major player in the Irish dairy market. Glanbia’s Virginia facility in County Cavan produces a range of fat filled milk powders and fresh cream. It has been the principal cream supplier to Baileys Irish Cream Liqueurs for over thirty years. More than 4 million litres of Irish cream a year is used in the production of Baileys, amounting to 4.3% of Ireland’s total milk production.
Info gleaned from Wikipedia